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May 13, 2009 12:32 |  #31

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Interesting. I didn't actually compare the shift distance with other apertures. Maybe I'll do that tonight, but really, I'm a little sick of testing this out. Time to take some real pictures. :D

Overall, I'm happy with the lens, and the pictures it can take are beautiful. I haven't even noticed the problem (after getting it back from calibration) with everyday shooting.

Then no worries right?

As far as all the talk about this lens "shifting"? if in fact it does (which the experts here say it does so I won't attempt to argue the point, because you guys are way more knowledgable on the Tech side than I.) but..... it is not noticable at all on mine, and I mean zero effect...I have quite a bit of experience with the 50L shift, I knew when to expect it, I knew how it would act, I guess I understood it and............... I loathed it.
I see none of the same characteristics with the EX50/1.4....I'd like to see more on the subject....Then again.....nevermind, I think I'm happier not knowing more...LOL


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May 13, 2009 12:37 |  #32
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May 13, 2009 12:50 |  #33

I also have the sigma 50 and it took a few adjustments with the micro adjust to get it right(I think). I think I am going to send it end to get it right. Couldn't hurt could it? I mean has anybody ever got a lens back worse than what they started with?


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May 13, 2009 14:17 |  #34

thatkatmat wrote in post #7914088 (external link)
Then no worries right?

As far as all the talk about this lens "shifting"? if in fact it does (which the experts here say it does so I won't attempt to argue the point, because you guys are way more knowledgable on the Tech side than I.) but..... it is not noticable at all on mine, and I mean zero effect...I have quite a bit of experience with the 50L shift, I knew when to expect it, I knew how it would act, I guess I understood it and............... I loathed it.

And I believe you had the "good copy" that Perry ended up with, no?

Do you find the Sigma that much better? I'm really tempted by this lens, but the issues I keep reading about make me wary. Did you send yours in for calibration?

The 50L is tempting, but I don't want to spend that kind of money for a "shifty" lens...and it's well-documented that it exhibits focus shift.



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May 13, 2009 14:55 |  #35

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And I believe you had the "good copy" that Perry ended up with, no?

Do you find the Sigma that much better? I'm really tempted by this lens, but the issues I keep reading about make me wary. Did you send yours in for calibration?

The 50L is tempting, but I don't want to spend that kind of money for a "shifty" lens...and it's well-documented that it exhibits focus shift.

Yeah, Perry's got my last 50L

I don't think the Sigma is better, it just works at all apertures near MFD, The L is awesome...AF, build, 1.2, pretty sharp wide open, CA's under control, I love it....But I shoot a lot of tight face shots, flowers and other things at or close to MFD at apertures from wide open to about 2.8ish.....So the L is out of the question.
I do however think the EX50/1.4 is the best lens for me, the AF isn't quite as smooth as the L, it doesn't have 1.2 or the L build, but it's close and that's the best I can do for right now.


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May 13, 2009 15:27 |  #36

why not take pictures in good light, iso 100 and then actually sharpen the image.


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May 13, 2009 17:10 |  #37

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Yeah, Perry's got my last 50L

I don't think the Sigma is better, it just works at all apertures near MFD, The L is awesome...AF, build, 1.2, pretty sharp wide open, CA's under control, I love it....But I shoot a lot of tight face shots, flowers and other things at or close to MFD at apertures from wide open to about 2.8ish.....So the L is out of the question.
I do however think the EX50/1.4 is the best lens for me, the AF isn't quite as smooth as the L, it doesn't have 1.2 or the L build, but it's close and that's the best I can do for right now.

Thanks. I really love the bokeh of the Sigma as well, and it sounds like you shoot similarly to my style.



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May 13, 2009 18:30 as a reply to  @ Brett's post |  #38

See the focus shift issues and everything is why I have yet to get a new 50 prime :(


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May 13, 2009 20:15 |  #39

That will probably always be the problem dealing with fast glass like this. This Sigma is affordable fast glass as well. It's something I'm definitely willing to deal with compared to what other options there is out there.


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May 13, 2009 20:44 |  #40

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That will probably always be the problem dealing with fast glass like this. This Sigma is affordable fast glass as well. It's something I'm definitely willing to deal with compared to what other options there is out there.

This is true and the Siggy is definately at the top of my list...


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May 13, 2009 22:15 |  #41

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See the focus shift issues and everything is why I have yet to get a new 50 prime :(

Me too. The 50/1.8 has been mounted on my 5D exactly once, and I love 50mm on FF. The Canon 50/1.4 doesn't have true ring USM and has really funky bokeh that doesn't please my eye at all. The 50L I could probably live with, but at that price, I want perfection.

I just wish Sigma had gone whole-hog and built it as a 50/1.2, and that the 1.4 didn't have all the issues it does, although most Sigmas seem similar in the "AF sucked brand new, but after x-number of trips to Sigma, it's much better" syndrome.



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May 13, 2009 22:26 |  #42

do it.
I thought my Tamron 17-50 was a great deal for a great lens.
I rarely use my tammy anymore. I bet it feels neglected :)


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May 14, 2009 01:11 |  #43

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Me too. The 50/1.8 has been mounted on my 5D exactly once, and I love 50mm on FF. The Canon 50/1.4 doesn't have true ring USM and has really funky bokeh that doesn't please my eye at all. The 50L I could probably live with, but at that price, I want perfection.

I just wish Sigma had gone whole-hog and built it as a 50/1.2, and that the 1.4 didn't have all the issues it does, although most Sigmas seem similar in the "AF sucked brand new, but after x-number of trips to Sigma, it's much better" syndrome.

I had a Canon 50mm f/1.4, in many ways i do in fact miss it, i just miscalculated how much id actually use it..

But the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 looks good to me..I might give it a try...Maybe rent it and see how i like it...


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May 14, 2009 04:20 |  #44

KenjiS wrote in post #7918331 (external link)
I had a Canon 50mm f/1.4, in many ways i do in fact miss it, i just miscalculated how much id actually use it..

But the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 looks good to me..I might give it a try...Maybe rent it and see how i like it...

While you're at it, why not try the 50L a the same time? :D

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May 14, 2009 06:49 |  #45

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While you're at it, why not try the 50L a the same time? :D

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I might actually...

I've already considered renting the 50L before to see if id like it or not...

Maybe start with the 50L...


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